Colonials Rout VCU, 69-47
Dec. 12, 2004
RICHMOND, VA - The GW women's basketball team (4-3) broke its two-game losing streak with a 69-47 trouncing of Virginia Commonwealth (2-3) on Sunday, Dec. 12 at the ALLTEL Pavilion.
Senior Jessica Simmonds paced the Colonials with 20 points on 6-of-14 shooting from the field, and connected on eight of her 11 free-throw attempts. Simmonds also tallied eight rebounds, three assists, three blocks, and three steals against the Rams. Freshman Kimberly Beck tied her personal best with 10 points in the contest. Beck also notched nine steals, becoming the first GW player since Erica Lawrence to record more than seven swipes in a game. The last Colonial to finish with 10 steals or more in a game was Laurie Caan, who tallied 12 against Towson in 1978.
GW trailed just once in the game, 2-0, at the 19:34 mark of the first half after a basket by VCU's Britney Pinkney. From there, GW went on a 14-4 run to take a 14-6 margin with 14 minutes left in the first half. The lead swelled to nine, 18-9, on a pair of free throws by sophomore Corinne Turner at 11:33. The Rams cut GW's lead to five, 20-15, with 8:41 left in the opening stanza on consecutive hoops by Meagan Evans, but the Colonials closed the half with a 10-4 scoring spurt to take a 30-19 advantage at the break.
With GW ahead 38-24 and 14 minutes left in the contest, Simmonds scored the Colonials' next seven points to keep the Rams at bay. A field goal by senior Liz Dancause put GW up by 20, 57-37, at 6:45. Two free throws by Maria Giovannetti got VCU within 16, 57-41, with 5:45 left, but that's as close as they would get.
Senior Anna Montañana added 14 points and seven rebounds against the Rams. She moved into ninth place all-time at GW with 569 career boards. Dancause finished with five points and five rebounds. Her five caroms put her over the 200-rebound plateau for her career. She now has 204.
The Colonials went to the free-throw line 34 times in the game, the most attempts for GW this season, and tied their season high by making 26 (76.5 percent). VCU was 11-of-15 from the charity stripe (73.3 percent) and the Rams outrebounded GW, 49-38. The Colonials forced 29 turnovers and finished the contest with a season-best 16 steals.
GW returns home on Friday, Dec. 17 when it hosts St. Mary's of California at 7:00.